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Pitching pool

A couple of minutes before game time here. And with yesterday's struggles of Jerome Williams and Tim Redding, and the appearance today of Colby Lewis, it got me to thinking about that favorite spring game, Guess The Rotation.

So right here, right now, I invite any and all of you to guess the first five starting pitchers for the Nationals this year, the ones who will start the first five games (and with no scheduled days off, that should be five different guys). (We here at the Journal may already be involved in a pool to that regard, and at the end of the day, I'll reveal who my picks were -- though they were made before the first workout of pitchers and catchers, so I wasn't going on actual performances.)

Fire away.

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 6, 2007; 12:43 PM ET
 
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Umm umm... hmm... well... okay

Patterson
Simontacchi
Hill
Chico
Bergmann

Originally, I would have replaced Chico with Redding, but now I'm not so sure.

Posted by: misschatter | March 6, 2007 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Piece of cake:


Patterson
Hill
Perez
Traber
Chico

Although I think they should start Chico in Columbus.


Posted by: P's Nats | March 6, 2007 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm sticking with Patterson, Redding, Hill, Simontacchi, & Williams

Posted by: Brian | March 6, 2007 1:04 PM | Report abuse

J. Patterson
S. Hill
M. Chico
J. Williams
T. Redding

with Simontacchi MAYBE filling in for one of the last two. I think both of them get it together though while Simontacchi starts to struggle.

Posted by: Andrew S. | March 6, 2007 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Did order count?

Posted by: misschatter | March 6, 2007 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Good question. If anyone has the right five guys, regardless of order, they win. Order -- starting with 1 and working your way through -- is the tie-breaker.

Posted by: Barry Svrluga | March 6, 2007 1:08 PM | Report abuse

1. Patterson
2. Patterson
3. Patterson
4. Cordero
5. Patterson

Posted by: Jeff | March 6, 2007 1:12 PM | Report abuse

The scoreboard operator at it again?

Posted by: Brian | March 6, 2007 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Patterson
Redding
Simontacchi
Hill
Chico

Williams makes the squad too.

Posted by: joe ward | March 6, 2007 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Patterson
Hill
Traber
Williams
Chico

Who'd a thought we'd have two leftys in the first rotation?

Posted by: DE | March 6, 2007 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Scoreboard operator seemed to be snoozing out there. He had it as 3-0 Braves when it was 2-0, had the Braves with five hits when they had four.

Here's the top of the first for Colby Lewis: Single, Single, infield single, hard single up the middle for a run, strikeout, sac fly, strikeout.

After half an inning: Braves 2, Nationals 0. Just ask the scoreboard operator.

Posted by: Barry Svrluga | March 6, 2007 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Barry,

Maybe I'm not snoozing - maybe I'm just clairvoyant.

And the rotation is:
Patterson
Hill
Traber
Redding
Perez

With Chico, Williams and Simontacchi as 3/5 of the rotation in Columbus, waiting for the inevitable arm injury.

Bonus prediction: Chico pitches well enough to make the club, but they keep him down to try to avoid starting his arbitration clock.

And if I'm wrong? Hey, I'm the scoreboard operator - I'm always wrong.

Posted by: Scoreboard Operator | March 6, 2007 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Patterson
Redding
Hill
Williams
Chico

Posted by: Gibby | March 6, 2007 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Patterson
Hill
Perez
Simontacchi
Williams

Posted by: Mark | March 6, 2007 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Patterson
Hill
Perez
Traber
Chico

Perez did so well at the end of last year, Traber beat Glavine (which is good enough for me) and Chico, he seems to be just flat out nasty. Not like the Big one, but nasty nonetheless.

Posted by: NattyDlite | March 6, 2007 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Patterson
Hill
O'Connor
Chico
Perez

Posted by: Thomas | March 6, 2007 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Patterson
Hill
Redding
Williams
Chico

Posted by: doug mckinney | March 6, 2007 1:47 PM | Report abuse

1) Patterson
2) Me
3) My old H.S. coach
4) The raccoon captured today
5) The man that pushed me out of the snowbank last month

Posted by: Joe | March 6, 2007 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Do you have to get the order correct? If the starter doesn't get an out in the first inning, what happens then?

Patterson
Hill
Simontacchi
Chico
Traber

You mentioned in a previous post about how the editor was concerned about the length of Simontacchi's name for headlines. Call him "That S Guy" and then you can put it on two lines.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 6, 2007 1:57 PM | Report abuse

1. Patterson
2. Hill
3. Bergmann
4. Williams
5. Perez

Posted by: Diaw | March 6, 2007 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Patterson
Hill
Redding
Simontacchi
Chico

then when O'Connor gets healthy, he'll take one of the 3-5 starters spot.

Posted by: e | March 6, 2007 2:03 PM | Report abuse

1. Patterson
2. Hill
3. Williams
4. Perez
5. Chico

Posted by: Big Train | March 6, 2007 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Patterson
Chico
Perez
Traber
Redding

Posted by: .390 | March 6, 2007 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Here are my best guesses. Keep up the great work, Mr. Svrluga!!! MAX

1. Patterson
2. Simontacchi
3. Chico
4. Hill
5. Traber

Posted by: MAX | March 6, 2007 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Patterson
Hill
Chico
Redding
Traber

Don't want to start Perez to early into it, would rather see if anyone else can hold together and give him a little more time in the minors.

Also, the racoon will be working out of the bullpen as a situational lefty.

Posted by: Nats446 | March 6, 2007 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Patterson and Hill followed by three days of rain

Patterson
Hill
Jason Simontacchi
Traber
Williams

Bergman starts on Nats roster, but as a middle relief guy...

Redding won't see Nats roster, either Columbus or cut loose. Nationals will cite Mechanics problem.

I agree with Scoreboard operator & others
"Chico pitches well enough to make the club, but they keep him down to try to avoid starting his arbitration clock."

When Mike O'Connor comes back from injury he will be placed in rotation, for whomever is struggling the most.

I believe Williams will start slow but will continue to improve with experience.

Traber will be impressive at first but he throws with his elbow too much. He will end up getting hurt or becoming less effective.

Posted by: Eric Hardman | March 6, 2007 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Patterson
Simontacchi
Hill
Traber
Bergmann

Posted by: bitner | March 6, 2007 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Patterson and pray for runs

Posted by: Spahn and Sain | March 6, 2007 2:27 PM | Report abuse

1. Patterson
2. Hill
3. Williams
4. Simontacchi
5. Perez

Chico to be up midseason.

Posted by: Sec. 418 | March 6, 2007 2:31 PM | Report abuse

1. John Patterson
2. Barry Svrugla
3. Bill Ladson
4. Mark Zuckerman
5. D'Angelo Jimenez (Hey, his ERA is 0!)

That Thom Loverro charecter should start in Harrisburg, he isn't cut out for the bigs! ;)

Jimbo


Posted by: Jim Bowden | March 6, 2007 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Rotation:

1. Patterson
2. Williams
3. Hill
4. Traber
5. Perez

Posted by: joey b. | March 6, 2007 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Patterson
Redding
Hill
Simontacchi
Perez

please don't rush Chico. it benefits no one to have him in the rotation to start the year.

Posted by: Dave | March 6, 2007 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Patterson
Simontacchi
Redding (he'll pull it around, I think)
Chico
Rocky the Raccoon (actually, I think it'll wind up being a late ST cut from another team to fill the #5 spot).

In that last spot, I think something might come out of a deal to get us a pitcher of some kind. As for Redding, if he comes around like I think he can, he could be a good number 3. Or he may not come around. In this light of rebuilding, I just get this crazy feeling that someone else's cast-off after the first round of cuts will wind up on our roster.

Posted by: Jarrod | March 6, 2007 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Patterson
Perez
Hill
Williams
Simontacchi


Hideki Irabu is at an airport nervously awaiting a call from the team should the need arise. Of course, he still thinks we are the Expos and will be wandering around Montreal for weeks wondering where the team is.

Posted by: BoysOfSummer | March 6, 2007 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Patterson
Hill
Simontacchi
Williams
Redding

or Patterson and Hill and take a pill....
or Patterson and Simontachhi and pray for XXXXX
or Patterson and Hill and pray ....
I'll go with the first one.

Posted by: Dog Frenzy | March 6, 2007 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Redman
Traber
Hill
Simontacchi
Williams

What, you all think John Patterson is really going to make it healthy through ST?

Posted by: Sam | March 6, 2007 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Patterson
Chico
Hill
Michalak
Traber

O'Connor - can perhaps replace one of these guys when he is healthy again.

Posted by: Patty | March 6, 2007 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Patterson
Hill
Traber
Chico
Hall

Posted by: VladiHondo | March 6, 2007 3:38 PM | Report abuse

OK, Redman was a joke. My entry is:

Traber
Hill
Simontacchi
Williams
Hanrahan.

Posted by: Sam | March 6, 2007 3:39 PM | Report abuse

I think the idea of Chico being sent down to protect him is ridiculous. The Tigers started a bunch of guys that "weren't ready for the big leagues" two years ago. One lost 20 games and another almost did, but two years later they're in the World Series on the strength of their pitching. Give the kid experience at this level if he's one of the five best. Let him take some lumps much like a rookie quarterback so that his second season is a success.

Like my high school coach used to say, "This ain't tiddlywinks, play ball!"

Posted by: Court | March 6, 2007 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Keep 'em coming.

Posted by: Barry Svrluga | March 6, 2007 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Patterson, Simontacchi, need a Hibachi?

Posted by: Agent Zero | March 6, 2007 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Don Sutton is in the broadcast booth, hmmmm....

Posted by: BoysOfSummer | March 6, 2007 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Patterson
Hill
Redding
Simontacchi
Traber

Posted by: Rocket1124 | March 6, 2007 3:50 PM | Report abuse

One of those first five starts will be by either Brett Tomko or Mark Hendrickson.

Posted by: old fogey la | March 6, 2007 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Patterson
Hill
Redding
Williams
Traber

Posted by: Yuda | March 6, 2007 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Barry, check my starting pitching breakdown at our site - http://www.nationalspride.com/columnists/post.cfm?blog=mike&sort=92 - but here's my prediction:

1. John Patterson, RHP
2. Shawn Hill, RHP
3. Jerome Williams, RHP
4. Tim Redding, RHP
5. Matt Chico, LHP

Posted by: NationalsPride Mike | March 6, 2007 3:56 PM | Report abuse

1. Ball-Wonk
2. Miss Chatter
3. Screech's Best Friend
4. Basil
5. Pascual Perez

Posted by: The Ghost of Joe Horgan | March 6, 2007 4:15 PM | Report abuse

1. Patterson
2. Simontacchi
3. Chico
4. Traber
5. Michalak

Posted by: MAX | March 6, 2007 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Patterson
George
Tom
Abe
Teddy

Posted by: Screech | March 6, 2007 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Patterson
Hill
Chico
Simontacchi
Perez

If Perez keeps walking people almost as often then he gets outs, Michalak and Traber will be waiting. Traber might make the team for long releif.

Posted by: Mary | March 6, 2007 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Patterson
Williams
Redding
Chico
Hill

Posted by: JammingEcono | March 6, 2007 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I spent too many years as a Reds fan to believe that Bowden will stand pat all the way through Spring Training. I almost guarantee that one or more of the five aren't even part of the set that are there. Typically Bowden waits until the other teams cut some promising guys (Thursday? Next week?) and gives minor league contracts to several of those guys. I have no idea what over-the-hill former starters are about to be cut (something for you to research, Barry) but go through that list and pick the ones who were most recently good and whose arms aren't permanently damaged, and that's two of the rotation right there. Beyond that, roll the dice and pick Patterson plus two others - I dunno, Simontacci and Hill. Unless Bowden also pulls a shocker and trades Patterson for two prospects (think about it - his stock may never be better than it is now). Then the rotation is based on who didn't pitch in the past five days when Opening Day comes around. Welcome to rebuilding.

Posted by: JAB | March 6, 2007 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Patterson
Rauch
Hill
Simontacchi
Traber

But I like JABs comment about Bowden having moves to make. I think he might be right about moving Patterson, and I kind of like it.

Posted by: Angus in Lynchburg | March 6, 2007 6:36 PM | Report abuse

1) Sutton
2) Darling (via trade with SNY)
3) Svrluga
4) Loverro
5) Teddy

Posted by: Nats Fan | March 6, 2007 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Guess the rotation:

Patterson
Bergmann
Chico
Michalak
Simontacchi

Do we get to play guess the call ups and when we'll see them?

The raccoon is signed for a role as Screech's sidekick. He's given the name "Rocky" and the theme song "Rocky Racoon"

Posted by: Arl | March 6, 2007 9:06 PM | Report abuse

OK, this is what will happen after Cordero is traded to the Red Sox in the last week of spring training....

1. John Patterson
2. Beltran Perez
3. Tim Redding
4. Shawn Hill
5. Kason Gabbard

Posted by: Ray Landis | March 6, 2007 10:11 PM | Report abuse

I was a Reds fan too prior to 2005 and I agree that Bowden is going to pull the trigger on something prior to Opening Day -something significant in our world but nothing overwhelming to the world of baseball at large. I would be surprised if it were Patterson traded, though, I think they really believe in him and feel they wouldn't get value for him right now. My guess is a bullpen guy or outfielder for a starter.

Starting rotation --
Patterson
Hill
Traber
Beltran Perez
Williams (with the hope that Claussen can get off the DL sooner than later).

Posted by: Ray | March 6, 2007 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Patterson
Hill
Simontacchi
Traber
Chico

Perhaps the Post could offer laptops to the winning rotation (under the assumption a certain reporter may need a loaner).

Posted by: Eric | March 7, 2007 5:20 AM | Report abuse

Does it really matter? My thoughts are below. Also, I expect Bowden will stress "pitching, pitching, pitching" and trade a few more decent arms away..

Chico
Fruto
Jose Rijo
Cordero
Tony Romo

Posted by: Phils fan, nats sympathizer | March 7, 2007 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Patterson
Perez
Traber
Simontacchi
Chico

Posted by: Rich | March 7, 2007 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Patterson
T. Redding
Simontacchi
J. Rauch
Bergman

Posted by: steve | March 7, 2007 12:32 PM | Report abuse

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